🇸🇰 🇱🇻 🇩🇰 Slovakia, Latvia, Denmark Clinch Final Beijing 2022 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Spots

After nearly two year of Olympic qualifiers that began in Luxembourg and China in November 2019, four rounds of play, 36 teams competing and a global pandemic in between, came to a conclusion today for the final three spots in Beijing, with the spots being clinched locked up by Slovakia, Latvia and Denmark for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
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🇸🇮 🇵🇱 Men’s Division I Tournaments Cancelled By IIHF

Two of the three remaining tournaments on the International Ice Hockey Federation calendar have now officially been axed as well, with Division IA and IB of the Men’s World Championship officially being cancelled over COVID-19 concerns.
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🇭🇷 🇮🇸 🇱🇺 🇿🇦 Another Seven Men’s Tournaments Cancelled Due To COVID-19

The next set of tournaments to fall victim to cancellation over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic were announced today by the International Ice Hockey Federation, with both the Men’s Division II, III and Under-18 tournaments for 2020 now axed.
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🇵🇱 🇪🇸 🇰🇬 IIHF Cancels Seven Tournaments Due To COVID-19

Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus throughout the world, with particularly large impacts now on European soil, today the International Ice Hockey Federation announced the cancellation of seven World Championship tournaments set to begin in March.
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Major Announcements Made At 2019 IIHF Congress

The IIHF Annual Congress today was held on the off day at the 2019 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, with a number of major announcements voted on to impact the future of international hockey in the coming years.
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🇨🇿 Luděk Bukač: 1935-2019

Just days after the death of Ján Starší, who built the Czechoslovak national team into a dominant force in the 1970’s, the man who helped carry the Czechoslovakian team through the 1980’s and Czech team in the 1990’s has also passed away, as Luděk Bukač today died at the age of 83.
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🇬🇧 🇮🇹 Great Britain, Italy Promoted To 2019 World Championship

The Division IA World Championship tournament saw one expected and one very surprising participant both qualify for the 2019 World Championship top division in Slovakia, with Italy returning after a one-year absence, while Great Britain returns after a quarter century absence.
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🇸🇮 🇮🇹 Slovenia, Italy Relegated From World Championship

Still with a day until the end of the 2017 World Championship group round, the two relegated teams for 2018 have already been determined, with both Slovenia and Italy, who only gained promotion in 2016, set to return to Division IA next season.
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🇳🇴 🇸🇮 🇩🇪 Norway, Slovenia, Germany Nab Final 2018 Olympic Spots

After nearly a year of Olympic qualifiers that began in Bulgaria last October, three rounds of play and 28 teams competing for just three spots in Pyeongchang, the final slots were today locked up by Norway, Slovenia and Germany for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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🇯🇵 🇵🇱 🇮🇹 Japan, Poland & Italy Advance To Olympic Final Qualification

The second leg of Olympic Qualification is in the books, with Japan, Poland and Italy emerging victorious in the Pre-Qualification Round to advance to the Final Qualification round in September, with the winners moving on to Korea in 2018.
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🇦🇹 🇸🇮 Austria, Slovenia Relegated From World Championship

For the fourth straight World Championship in which they are participating, Austria and Slovenia have been relegated back to Division IA for 2016, failing to clinch spots at next year’s World Championship in Russia.
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🇰🇿 🇭🇺 Kazakhstan, Hungary Promoted To 2016 Worlds

After Poland failed to defeat Hungary in regulation in front of their hometown fans, Hungary clinched the second and final promotion to the 2016 World Championships in Russia, following an undefeated Kazakhstan who punched their ticket on Thursday.
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IHLC Team Profiles – 🇵🇱 Poland (Junior)

🇵🇱 POLAND (POL) Men’s Junior National Ice Hockey Team (1976-)

Poland was a participant at the first World Junior Championship in 1977 (finishing last), playing in the Top Division five more times before being relegated in 1997. Since then they have remained largely in Division I (despite a few drops to Division II), looking to crawl back up into the higher echelons of the tournament.
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IHLC Team Profiles – 🇵🇱 Poland (Men’s)

🇵🇱 POLAND (POL) Men’s National Ice Hockey Team (1926-)
3 wins, 3 reigns, 3 games with IHLC – ranked 17th
IHLC last held 13 April 1986

Poland was one of the rare Eastern European teams to compete for the IHLC in the pre-war era, winning their first IHLC at the 1931 World Championship, on home turf in Krynica. While the Eagles managed to contend during the Iron Curtain era of international hockey, winning two more IHLC titles, they have slipped in the post-Cold War era, not holding the IHLC since 1986, playing for the IHLC since 2004, and not playing in the top tier of the World Championship since 2002, only qualifying for the top pool five times since 1979.
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 3-0 Poland 🇵🇱 – 15 Feb 1992

🇺🇸 United States 3-0 Poland 🇵🇱
Olympic Preliminary Round
Patinoire de Méribel, Méribel 🇫🇷
Saturday, 15 February 1992

1st Period
03:50 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Emma, cross checking
08:11 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Donato, slashing
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IHLC Results – 🇫🇮 Finland 5-1 Poland 🇵🇱 – 22 Feb 1988

🇫🇮 Finland 5-1 Poland 🇵🇱
Olympic Preliminary Round
Olympic Saddledome, Calgary 🇨🇦
Monday, 22 February 1988

1st Period
03:10 – 🇫🇮 PEN – Susi, interference
09:58 – 🇵🇱 GOAL – Pacuła (Szopiński, Copija)
10:48 – 🇵🇱 PEN – Kwasigroch, hooking
19:16 – 🇫🇮 GOAL – Helminen (Blomqvist, Eloranta)
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IHLC Results – 🇨🇦 Canada 1-0 Poland 🇵🇱 – 14 Feb 1988

🇨🇦 Canada 1-0 Poland 🇵🇱
Olympic Preliminary Round
Olympic Saddledome, Calgary 🇨🇦
Sunday, 14 February 1988

1st Period
04:22 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Habscheid (Sherven, Yawney)
06:05 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Schreiber, interference
12:16 – 🇵🇱 PEN – Groth, tripping
16:47 – 🇵🇱 PEN – Sleblecki, slashing
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IHLC Results – 🇺🇸 United States 7-2 Poland 🇵🇱 – 13 Apr 1986

🇺🇸 United States 7-2 Poland 🇵🇱
World Championship Preliminary Round
Luzhniki Palace Of Sports, Moscow 🇷🇺
Sunday, 13 April 1986

1st Period
00:14 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Williams, high sticking
03:17 – 🇵🇱 PEN – Podsiadło, hooking
07:12 – 🇵🇱 PEN – Kukla, slashing
07:45 – 🇺🇸 PP GOAL – Erickson (McNab)
10:43 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Granato, tripping
11:38 – 🇵🇱 PEN – Kądziołka, high sticking
16:14 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Gosselin, high sticking
16:14 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Donatelli, cross checking
17:21 – 🇺🇸 PEN – Barrasso, slashing
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IHLC Results – 🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-1 Poland 🇵🇱 – 16 Feb 1980

🇷🇺 Soviet Union 8-1 Poland 🇵🇱
Olympic First Round
Olympic Fieldhouse, Lake Placid 🇺🇸
Saturday, 16 February 1980

1st Period
01:53 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Skvortsov (Zhluktov)

03:01 – 🇵🇱 PEN – Pytel, hooking
10:27 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Balderis (Zhluktov, Skvortsov)
10:36 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Balderis (Zhluktov)
13:37 – 🇷🇺 GOAL – Mikhailov (Fetisov, Kharlamov)
16:13 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Fetisov, holding
17:15 – 🇵🇱 PP GOAL – Małysiak (Jobczyk)
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